Unity amongst Christians in the church is still the greatest challenge
We claim to know God and yet do not always act in a Godly way. A believer is called to be transformed by the renewing of their minds as well as their heart. A Christ-follower is called to know God and to make HIM known and we do that by how we live. Jesus said YOU ARE salt of the earth and the light of the world.
In a time when the world tells us how different we are and where we could easily become disagreeable about so many things, we need to remind ourselves constantly about the words of Jesus pulling us together as one in love. Peter reiterates this in 1 Peter 1:22 saying, “Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have sincere love for each other, love one another deeply, from the heart“
It is important that we see division and divisive behaviours (opposite of love and unity) as the work of the enemy against the church, for even the scriptures tell us that a house divided against itself cannot stand. Repeatedly in his letters to the Corinthians, Philippians, Ephesians, Romans, Colossians and Galatians, Paul emphasized the importance of unity and the spirit of oneness amongst believers. Peter did the same in his letter when he said:
”Finally, all of you, have unity of mind, sympathy, brotherly love, a tender heart, and a humble mind.1 Peter 3:8 (ESV)
The truth for us as Christians is that we have so much more in common than we realise, we have Christ, we have God, we have Hope, we have Faith, we have the Holy Spirit. All of these makes us One, One Body united in Christ and we need to strive earnestly to demonstrate this unity and shout about it by loving one another despite our minor differences.
In Ephesians 4 you can find 10 ways in which Unity is demonstrated in the Church.
- Unity is a gift from God.
- Unity is maintained, not created by man.
- Unity grows over time.
- Unity is most opposed by pride and self-interest.
- Unity is a uniquely Christian adornment.
- Unity requires a doctrinal centre – the gospel.
- Unity does not mean uniformity.
- Unity depends on grace and gifts.
- Unity grows when it is stretched, pressured, and even threatened.
- Unity glorifies God and attracts unbelievers.